Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common women’s health condition that often causes problems getting pregnant. Skilled OB/GYN Lev Kandinov, MD, treats symptoms and complications of PCOS at Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida. To discover your best treatment options for PCOS, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal disorder that affects between 5-10% of women of childbearing years. The imbalance of hormones may lead to a variety of problems, such as irregular or missed periods and interference with ovulation.
This condition gets its name from the numerous clusters of cysts that may develop on the ovaries as a result of the disorder. In addition to cysts, the ovaries may not release eggs as they should.
PCOS signs and symptoms vary from woman to woman. Common signs and symptoms of PCOS include:
The most common sign of PCOS is irregular menstrual periods. This can include skipped periods or periods that occur infrequently, with more than 35 days in between them. You may also experience unpredictable periods or abnormally heavy bleeding during your period.
High levels of androgen may result in physical signs of PCOS, including hair growth on the face, chest, and abdomen. More than 70% of women with PCOS experience excess hair growth. Other signs of elevated androgen levels include oily skin and severe acne breakouts.
PCOS may cause your ovaries to become enlarged and develop clusters of cysts, or small, fluid-filled sacs. These cysts may prevent your ovaries from functioning normally and releasing eggs regularly.
Due to the problems PCOS causes with normal ovulation and regular menstrual cycles, it may lead to problems getting pregnant. PCOS is the most common cause of infertility among women.
In some cases, you can still get pregnant with PCOS. Dr. Kandinov discusses the best treatment options to help you ovulate and increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
To diagnose PCOS, Dr. Kandinov begins with a thorough review of your medical history as well as a physical and pelvic exam. If he suspects you have PCOS, he uses the latest ultrasound technology to look for ovarian cysts. He may also take blood tests to check your hormone levels.
There is no cure for PCOS, but Dr. Kandinov recommends the best methods to relieve your symptoms. Treatment may include taking hormonal birth control pills or lifestyle changes such as weight loss. Even a moderate 10% reduction in weight can regulate your hormones and reduce symptoms of PCOS.
To learn more about PCOS and ovarian cysts, call Aventura OBGYN Specialists or book an appointment online today.